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that's all the time we have. you can follow me on facebook and twitter, tweet the show at the lead on cnn. our coverage continues right now. thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news. travel ban. in a move that even the gop ally calls sophomoric, president trump grounds the delegation led by speaker pelosi by preventing use of the u.s. military aircraft to the trip to the afghanistan war zone. are there any limits to this shutdown battle? admitting collusion? as presidential lawyer rudy giuliani acknowledges the campaign may have cloouded with russia, sources say the white house is quietly working to eliminate fallout from robert mueller's investigation, including a move to keep the report from seeing the light of
day. >> fixer michael cohen admits he paid a tech firm to rig online polls at the direction of and for the sole benefit of donald trump. and held in russia, self-proclaimed sex coach is taken from a jail in thailand and flown to moscow where she says she's being detained. is the kremlin trying to keep her quiet? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. the white house drops a stunning bombshell in the battle over the government shutdown, a battle which polls suggest the president is losing. the president informing house speaker nancy pelosi that he's pulling the plug on her congressional trip overseas while the shutdown is in effect, last-minute move to withdraw the use of u.s. military transport aircraft came as lawmakers had already boarded an air force bus
up on capitol hill to take them to joint base andrews. the white house violating the standard secrecy that surrounds a trip to the afghan war zone, a trip the president himself has never made. the president's action comes a day after speaker pelosi's blunt suggestion that he should delay his state of the union address. also breaking, the white house is quietly preparing to deal with the fallout from the special counsel's investigation. sources say that includes a fight to keep much of robert mueller's report from becoming public. and it all comes as trump lawyer rudy giuliani now concedes the campaign may indeed have coluded with the russians. correspondents and analysts are standing by with full coverage. let's get right to our chief white house correspondent, jim acosta. jim, this is now a trump versus pelosi shutdown battle. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. welcome to the sand box. president trump kicks sand in
the face of nancy pelosi today, firing off a letter to the house speaker, telling her he is pulling her military aircraft for a congressional trip that was supposed to happen today. white how officials say they cooked up this idea earlier today as a way to retaliate against pelosi for her letter calling for a delay of the upcoming state of the union speech. it blasted pelosi as she was about to leave on a sensitive trip to afghanistan. it's become a deeply personal battle between the president and pelosi that one adviser described to me as king kong versus godzilla. with hundreds of thousands of federal employees working without being paid, the government shutdown has become a schoolyard brawl. one day after house speaker nancy pelosi called on the president to delay his state of the union speech due to the shutdown, mr. trump fired back, telling pelosi in a letter he was blocking her use of military aircraft for a congressional trip to afghanistan just before her departure.
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standing by at the capitol. president told pelosi in his letter due to the shutdown, i am sorry to inform you that your trip to brussel, egypt and afghanistan has been postponed. we will reschedule the seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over. if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that certainly would be your prerogative. he seemed to indicate in a speech to the pentagon that pelosi is getting under his skin. >> while many democrats in the house and senate would like to make a deal, speaker pelosi will not let them negotiate. the party has been hijacked by the open borders fringe within the party. the radical left becoming the radical democrats. >> i'm not for a wall. i'm not for a wall. >> reporter: when pelosi defended her decision to all but disinvite president trump from the state of the union she took a swipe at the president. >> i'm saying let's get a date
when the government is open. let's pay the employees. maybe he thinks it's okay not to pay people who do work. i don't. my caucus doesn't either. >> reporter: a trump adviser described the battle between the president and pelosi as king kong versus godzilla. lindsey graham is playing referee, calling the president's move inappropriate, adding one soft word response does not deserve another. white house officials say they'll still allow cabinet members steve mnuchin, mike pocheo and wilbur ross to travel to the world economic for number davos next week. how mr. trump could reveal an upcoming trip to afghanistan when details of those kinds of visits are typically closely guarded for security reasons. antics in washington are overshadowing a government watchdog that found the trump administration has lost count of how many migrant children were separated from their parents under the president's zero tolerance policy. the report says total number of children separated from a parent or guardian in immigration authorities is unknown.
thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017 before the accounting required by the court. hs's faced challenges in identifying separated children. >> it's remarkably cruel. it's far more expensive. and i do wonder once this whole period is behind us how many children will actually go never reunited with their parents. i never imagined in my lifetime i would ever see a government of the united states enact such a policy and sadly i'm not surprised that the numbers were even greater than originally reported. >> getting back to pelosi's trip, spokesman for the house speaker described pelosi's trip as primarily to meet with american troops as a pit stop in brussels, saying there is not supposed to be a stop in egypt on that itinerary but when she was in brussels she and other lawmakers were supposed to meet with u.s. military commanders. in his letter to pelosi, the
president called her trip to afghanistan a public relations event even though he just met with u.s. troops in iraq. as you mentioned at the top of the show, the president has not been to afghanistan. white house official tells me the president has been watching the coverage of all of this this afternoon and that he is pleased. wolf? >> jim acosta at the white house. as the battle over the government shutdown goes far beyond previous showdowns, the president is taking a beating in the polls. look at this recent polls including one from cnn find the public blaming the president for the shutdown by a wide margin over democrats. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr and senior congressional manu raju. pelosi is clearly fighting back. what's the latest? >> strongly criticizing this move saying it's childish, unprecedented and reveal aid very sensitive trip to war zone afghanistan, which the president should not have done, taken such a dramatic action by revealing that in this letter to the
speaker. now, adam schiff, chairman of the house intelligence committee was scheduled to go on that trip. he met with speaker pelosi and emerged, talked to reporters, compared this president to a fifth grader, said they were no closer to a deal on the shutdown, blaming this on the president and said that they were trying to end this ov, in s meeting, ease concern about potential talk of the withdrawal from tnato and withdrawing troops. the president pushing back and denying the use of military travel and the speaker asking for postponement of the state of the union, he said this. >> the president has acted like he's in the fifth grade. to have someone who has that kind of character running the country is an enormous problem at every level.
we are a co-equal branch of government and it may not have been that way over the last two years when he had a republican congress, willing to over any time he asked but that is no longer the case. >> reporter: schiff would not say directly if that trip would go on or would be canceled. he didn't want to speak to the speaker's travel plans. the speaker's office itself put out a statement disputing some of the things in the president's statement. for one, they said that egypt trip was not going to happen. the president said. and also saying this, that afghanistan trip requiincluded required stop. and top nato commanders, u.s. military leaders and key allies to confirm the u.s.'s iron clad to the alliance. it did not include a stop in egypt. the purpose of the trip was to express appreciation and thanks to men and women in uniform for
their service and dedication and attain critical national security and intelligence briefings and pelosi's office goes on to say the travel to iraq during the first part of the shutdown and another republican-led delegation did occur by congressman lee zeldin of new york. democrats calling out the white house for hypocrisy, saying this is an effort to go after the speaker because of the dispute of the shutdown of the president's border wall. >> u.s. air force bus still up on capitol hill. this is the bus that was supposed to take the speaker and other members of this congressional delegation to belgium for talks with nato officials and on to afghanistan. that bus is still there, for some reason. unclear why. we'll continue to monitor and see if anybody boards that bus. let's go over to barbara starr. other military flights are heading to afghanistan.
is there any good security reason for this trip to have been canceled by the president or is this all just politics? >> well, look, wolf, the president himself called it public relations and i think that may be something that a lot of military people and military families might disagree that traveling to afghanistan is about public relations if the speaker of the house is going there to meet with commanders, talk to the troops and see what is going on. military aircraft continue to fly their missions. and let us very soberly remind ourselves, just yesterday four americans were killed in combat action when they were hit by a suicide bomber in northern syria. those bodies have yet to be put on an aircraft to be brought back to dover air force base. so, you know, military aircraft have very specific, very sober-minded missions. they do not go galavanting around the world. when somebody is on a military
aircraft, on an approved mission it's very serious business. >> i don't remember a time when a president has ever canceled a congressional delegation trip along these lines, especially one led by the speaker of the house. barbara, thank you. manu, thanks to you as well. democratic senator maize hirono of hawaii, member of the armed services committee. what's your reaction to this move today? >> i agree with adam sc hichlt ff that the president is acting like a fifth grader. although that insults fifth graders. we clearly do not have an adult in the white house. the 00,000 families and the ripple effect. it is the president who began the shutdown. he has the power to end it but he won't because he's a child. which insults children. sorry about that. the other person is mitch
mcconnell. he has the power to bring these bills to the floor. that's why more and more people are coming and saying where are you, mitch? i know that there are billboards going up in his state asking where are you, mitch? and that's the question. >> he says he won't bring anything up on the senate floor that the president won't support. >> does that mean that -- it's almost like saying what do we need the senate for? we can just have a president. >> you know how these codels, congressional delegations work. >> yes. >> lawmakers were going to visit troops in a war zone. was there any legitimate security reason? and you're a member of the arm services committee. >> of course. >> to cancel the trip? >> no. it was very clearly the president being in a snit. i'm sure he's very proud of himself because he's very child-like and his view of the world is all about him. i have gone on congressional delegations to afghanistan, iraq, to china, to all of these places.
and this is, as barbara says, serious business. it takes a lot of work to put these trips together. and when the president just calls it a pr event, that's because that's how he views this kind of trip. and that's not how the rest of us, who are adults in the room, very this very important effort to touch bases with our troops and also to reassure our allies that this getting out of nato is not something that most responsible -- i would say most of us in the house and the senate do not support because nato is very important to our own national security. >> what about the president, senator, do you worry about this president, future presidents using congressional travel as a bargaining chip for all sorts of political disagreements? >> i think it's a very bad move but one hopes whoever is the next president is not a child and will act responsibly. that is my hope. i have no expectation of that sort from this president and
this is why the adult notice room, which would be right now since the house already did their job to keep the government running. the adults in the room are the senators, starting with mitch mcconnell. where are you, mitch mcconnell? do your job. use your powers to end the suffering of 800,000 people and their families and all of the contractors. it's insplik yaexplicable reall >> what do you think it will take to end the shutdown? nancy pelosi and the president, can they split the difference, $1.3 billion for border security, $1.7 billion for border security, come up with a number somewhere in the middle and get the government back up operating? >> at this point, i am still of the mind that mitch mcconnell should do his job and more people are coming to that recognition. it would be very easy for mitch mcconnell to bring these bills to the floor and we should ask why the heck aren't you doing it? it could be that the adults in the room will have to come up
with something. but if this results in the president using these kinds of childish tact being ics at ever which i know that he will, this is not the end of the president using what he would call -- i would call misusing his powers to have his way because we have a child who is the president. >> senator hirono, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> up next with the white house already working on the fallout from the special counsel's upcoming russia report, the president's lawyer, rudy ju giuliani, says the campaign may have colluded with russia even though the president has not. polls in favor of trump during the campaign, stating he he acted at donald trump's request. (burke) parking splat. and we covered it.
president trump pulls a trip by a congressional delegation, seen in some quarters as an effort to try to divert attention from the russia investigation. that comes as the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani concedes that the trump campaign may, indeed, have colluded with russia. let's bring in pamela brown and correspondent evan perez. tell us about the seemingly about face last night here on cnn with chris cuomo that rudy giuliani showed. >> this is certainly a new answer, a different answer from one we've been hearing all year, two years now from the president and his team that there was no collusion. take a listen to rudy giuliani with chris cuomo last night here on cnn. >> i never said there was no
collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign. >> yes, you have. >> i have no idea if -- i have not. i said the president of the united states. there's not a single bit of evidence the president of the united states committed the only crime he could commit here, conspire with the russians to hack the dnc. he said he didn't. he didn't say nobody -- how would you know nobody in your campaign -- >> he actually did say that. >> as you can so from chris cuomo's arched eyebrow, he and we were all surprised by rudy giuliani's statement because the president repeatedly vouched for people in his campaign. take a listen. >> there is no collusion between me and my campaign and the russians. there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. there has been no collusion between the trump campaign and russia. there was no collusion between the trump campaign and the russian people. >> and so the question is, what's going on here? what's going on behind the scenes? it appears certainly the trump
team is trying to put some distance between the president and his campaign chairman, former campaign chairman, paul manafort, who it was revealed was sharing campaign data polling with the russians. they may be preparing for other revelations coming from this investigation. >> pamela, you have new reporting, how the white house is preparing for the mueller report. >> it's going to be broader than just relying on rudy giuliani as a spokesperson. what you're going to see here, wolf, is the white house readying its strategy for a public relations strategy and also beefing up their press team with more legal expertise to field these inquiries as mueller wraps up his probe, files his report and as democrats launch house investigations. now, there isn't a war room setup at this point but there likely will be. that is the plan. what the white house is looking to is a bill clinton white house model from 1998 in response to the ken starr report where there
was a mix of legal, political and communication specialists all working together. also the white house is ready for a potential subpoena fight between congress and doj over the mueller report, bill barr, the president's ag nominee said during his confirmation hearing he is open to releasing some of the report. the white house wants to keep all of it under wraps. the battle order is clear in terms of if there is a subpoena, that is something they're preparing for. >> all of this is coming as michael cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, said during the campaign he actually tried to get a tech expert to rig some of these online polls to make it look like donald trump was really doing great in these polls. >> that's right. i spoke to him earlier today. >> spoke to -- >> michael cohen earlier today, and he confirmed the report and also implicated president trump. he said that he did this, he asked for these polls to be rigged in donald trump's favor at the direction of donald trump
and to the benefit of donald trump. and he told me that, once again, he regrets his blind loyalty to donald trump. so, this is a familiar line we've heard from michael cohen. he said the same thing in open court. he said he paid off the two women during the campaign for their silence at the request of donald trump and said the same thing here. let's take a listen to what donald trump said about the polls. >> the polls are crooked. everything is crooked. man. it's a rigged system, folks. these polls are rigged. they were rigged! >> i reached out to rudy giuliani to see if there was a response to co-n's statement. so far i haven't heard back. this is just a window from what we could hear from michael cohen during his testimony in february in front of the oversight committee. you can imagine he's going to be asked about this report and many other matters, wolf. >> it will be pretty amazing when that day of testimony before the house oversight committee. and it raises the question of if donald trump, during the campaign, was willing to have
his lawyer pay some guy a lot of money, thousands and thousands of dollars to try to rig some of these online polls, what else were they willing to do during the campaign? >> look, i think donald trump models himself and puts himself out there as the nontraditional politician, right? and i think that's the question that you're going to hear a lot from democrats. i think when the mueller investigation is over and as they launch their own investigations and their own hearings, i think you're going to hear a repeat of exactly those words, whof, what else was he willing to do. >> i suspect mueller knows a lot about what else. guys, thanks very, very much. >> come up, more on the increasingly personal battle between president trump and speaker nancy pelosi after the speaker tells the president to postpone his state of the union speech, the president abruptly denies a u.s. military aircraft for a pelosi trip to the war zone in afghanistan. is there any way to end the government shutdown? ure is not .
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why do you think the president decided to cancel this trip only a half hour before nancy pee pe, adam schiff and other members were about to board a bus on capitol hill to take them to joint base andrews to fly out? >> because he can't help himself. that's the answer. we were just discussing this before. this is petty, as lindsey graham said earlier today, this is sophomoric. if you read the letter itself, it also shows you that the president really has no idea that congressional delegations to places like afghanistan are not exactly a day at the beach and that the service members really appreciate when you visit them and that they're fact finding, because you are -- in congress you have the power of the purse and you want to know what you're voting on. he called it a public relations event and a seven-day excursion, as if it's a day at the beach for nancy pelosi.
it is not. and i would remind you that the president went to iraq during the government shutdown. his people, including the treasury secretary, will go to davos on government airplanes and this is a tit-for-tat situation. we're saying get out of the sand box, all of you, all of you, and reopen the government. >> what do you think? >> largely echo what gloria said. he did this because he wanted a way to get back at her and he found one that really did it. and the timing, i'm sure he reveled in, that they were already -- i guarantee you donald trump is seeing the image we just rolled of the bus coming back and parking and absolutely loving it, because this is what he does. in every circumstance where there's a high road option and low road option, good for the country option and good for donald trump and the immediate
satisfaction option, he takes the low road and immediate satisfaction option. gloria notes, and we should -- look, this is not -- he is not doing this in a vacuum. he is doing this after nancy pelosi said hey, you know, that state of the union speech you were planning to give, you'll have to change that. could he have not done that, knowing that anything he did would make the chances of a shutdown that much smaller? of course he could have. but he's donald trump. he literally -- we were talking about this, too. he literally can't help himself. it's who he is, what he does. >> jeffrey, what do you think? >> totally agree with everything that's been said. i mean, you know -- >> always knew jeff was smart. >> the whole thing is just embarrassing. >> totally. >> and the letter -- but, i mean, you know, the letter will be read on fox and everybody will believe it on fox news. so the idea that he wrote this false, misleading, ridiculous letter that shows no understanding of what congressional delegations do, it probably serves its purpose, but
it's just a despairing moment about how our politics have degenerated. >> you've already heard, jeff, that republicans are saying pelosi invited this retaliation, writing that letter yesterday, suggesting that the president postpone the state of the union address until after the shutdown. >> that's probably not 100% wrong. she did. it was a petty stick it to him. hers was a lot more damaging. i mean, with all due respect to afghanistan, it's not exactly a huge punishment not to have to go to afghanistan whereas the state of the union is something the president really wants to do. so there's a real imbalance there. look, the whole thing is petty and awful. and all i keep thinking of here are my former colleagues in the federal government. i was with a former federal employee now who is driving a cab. his wife is cleaning houses
because they need money to pay their mortgage. that's who i'm caring about now, not donald trump's, you know, ridiculousness. >> laurie, you heard the suggestions that all of this by the president today could be a distraction, doing it in order to prevent all of us from covering other news that he doesn't want us to cover, including what rudy giuliani said, what -- >> we're covering that. >> of course we are, but the president was trying to change the subject. >> but the reporting also suggests that he really did not like the coverage of the shutdown. he was angry at his aides, saying we are getting killed out there and reporting from kaitlan collins today said this was about retaliation. he was mad about that letter from nancy pelosi. he was silent on twitter. they didn't know what to do and so they dropped this bomb today. >> it reminds me of when my children were younger. i have two boys and they would say he started it. no, no, no, he started it. and it would escalate into this
craziness. that's where we are right now. as jeffrey was saying, i think the right word is embarrassing. can you imagine, they were going to stop in brussels and they were going to talk to our nato allies and reassure them, as adam schiff said today, that we're pro-nato or congress is pro-nato even though the president has raised questions about that. and our nato allies are now not going to see the speaker of the house or whoever it is. they're not going to have the benefit of that conversation because their trip got canceled by the president. >> jeffrey made an important point. let's not forget those 800,000 federal employees. >> of course. >> their families and millions of federal contractors who aren't getting paid and won't be getting paid. they're suffering right now as this little fight goes on. much more on the breaking news, right after this. ep track of regrets. i never count the wrinkles. and i don't add up the years. but what i do count on, is staying happy and healthy. so, i add protein, vitamins and minerals to my diet
listen to the exchange that chris cuomo had with rudy giuliani last night. >> i never said there was collusion between the campaign or people in the campaign. >> yes, have you. >> i have not. i said the president of the united states. there's not a single bit of evidence that the president of the united states committed the only crime he could commit here, conspire with the russians to hack the dnc. he said he didn't. he didn't say nobody. how would you know that nobody in your campaign -- >> he actually did say that. >> was giuliani moving the goal post right now? >> he's defending his client. look, he's looking at what the
mueller investigation has done so far. he clearly is looking at paul manafort, at michael flynn, at rick gates and he can't say nobody in the campaign colluded. guess what? say what you want about him but he is an attorney and can look at that. he is protecting his client saying there's no evidence that donald trump knew anything about this. that is the big question we always have had. what did donald trump know? >> i would like to associate myself with chris cuomo's face during that interview. >> can we see how you would do that? take off your glasses. >> he's way too handsome for me to imitate. but just his expression. incr incredulity. glora you may be giving rudy giuliani a little too much credit. >> maybe, yeah. >> a campaign is not just the
candidate. the way rudy was describing it yesterday as if there was a trump campaign in the office in the kremlin and they worked together every day, that would not be collusion, because donald trump wasn't associated with it. a campaign is not just the candidate. as we've seen multiple connections between the russians and the trump campaign, including this distribution of secret polling data from manafort to a figure from russian intelligence, i mean, there is a lot of evidence here. and to say that donald trump is not on a wire tap, i don't think that's exactly exculpatory. >> there are 16 people in the trump campaign, by the way, who have communicated with the russians. >> late night host seth meyers had this to say about the news that the fbi is looking into the possibility that donald trump in 2017 was working for russia.
listen to this. >> the fbi was veging whether trump was working for the russians. his secret meeting at the trump tower, his son's secret meeting, jeff sessions secret meeting, michael flynn's secret back channel to the kremlin, paul manafort? foreign policy adviser, the russian hackers, trump or vladimir putin's smile every time he sees trump? >> i mean, yeah. it's made in a joking manner but this is to gloria's point, how many people -- it's not as though three people in the trump campaign had contact with france and five with -- it's all with this one country that, again, i always remind people, u.s. intelligence community unanimously concluded in 2017 sought to actively interfere in
our elections to help donald trump and hurt hillary clinton. that's the u.s. intelligence community. and just another reminder, when donald trump is standing on a stage with vladimir putin, donald trump effectively says, i'm paraphrase iing, well, both sides are to blame in this. if a democrat did that and had any of the context we're talking about, republicans would be is it possible there's smoke with no fire? sure but it's getting less and less likely. >> you heard giuliani say to chris cuomo the only crime you potentially could convict the president on is if he conspired to hack the dnc. >> that's not true. the most dangerous, the president's own exposure, is obstruction of justice.
look at rod rosenstein, deputy attorney general that allowed mueller investigation to continue, one of the little-kno little-known, in that regulation was not obstruction in justice in firing comey or letting flynn go but obstruction of justice in mueller's investigation itself. everything he is doing at this moment to potentially affect the investigation counts. >> just very quickly remember what giuliani was doing and what trump continues to do is fight -- gloria mentioned this, fight a political battle, the impeachment argument. they're not really fighting the legal battle. i think they already know what's coming in the mueller report. jeffrey mentioned it. you will see that argument that trump made repeatedly over and over again on conservative networks and it will not be disputed. that's what they'r trying to influence, facts be damned. more news we're following, including this. a mysterious woman who calls herself a seductress now has
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she was detained by russian authorities. she's mysterious, a self-proclaimed sex coach, linked to a powerful russian oligarch. does she have information on russian election meddling as she claims? a self-proclaimed seductress and sex coach who claims to have inside knowledge of russia's attempts to meddle in america's elections tells cnn she has been detained by the kremlin. she says she was rounded up as soon as she land eed many mosco >> she's probably being interrogated. in particular, they are interested in where she has this information that she claims to have. they will probably keep her in cold storage until she produced it. >> reporter: her bizarre tale began last year when she was arrested and jailed in thailand on prostitution charges. she told cnn she believed she was being held on moscow's
orders. in a bid for u.s. asylum, she said she had previously witnessed meetings between a prominent russian oligarch with ties to vladimir putin and at least three americans, whom she refused to name. >> translator: i'm ready to give you all the missing puzzle pieces. support them with video and audio. >> reporter: so far, she has produced no recordings or photos of americans meetings with the oligarch to cnn or other news outlets. there has been no indication in court filings from the special counsel that she has talked to u.s. investigators. cnn has learned fbi agents tried to meet with her in the thai prison last year but were not allowed to. >> it's impossible to know whether this was a real key source or someone desperate to get out of a thai jail and avoid deportation back to belarus. >> reporter: he had clar claims have been laughed off if she hadn't produced these photos. they are seen embracing on his
yacht. she says they had an affair, something he denies. she also released this video of the man on his yacht talking to russia's deputy prime minister about the state of u.s. and russia relations. it make her story more intrig intriguing. he is the same billionaire who paid former trump campaign chairman paul manafort millions for lobbying. "the washington post" says manafort offered him briefings on the state of the trump campaign. manafort and him deny any briefings took place. he denies being involved in election meddling. >> get lost, please. thank you. >> reporter: in thailand, he posted on social media she feels she would die in a russian prison if she were went back to moscow. that's exactly where she is. could her life be in danger? >> of course. if she is collected material about him, he's a dangerous man. she could very easily lose her
life. >> reporter: we have reached out to russian officials in moscow and here at their embassy in washington to ask why she has been detained, exactly what she's being questioned about. russian officials will only say she's detained as part of a prostitution inquiry. we asked the kremlin to respond to her claim she would die in a russian prison. they have not responded to that. >> what a story. brian, thanks very much. coming up, president trump drops a stunning bombshell in the shutdown battle. at the last minute, he grounds an afghan war zone trip he had led by nancy pelosi by preventing use of a u.s. military aircraft. -morning. -morning. -what do we got? -keep an eye on that branch. might get windy. have a good shift. fire pit. last use -- 0600. i'd stay close. morning. ♪ get ready to switch.
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